Quinoa is taking over the world! And not just because I love it and is grown locally.
You knew that, right? Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah, if you weren’t sure, it’s OK, we all went through that phase, it was scary!) is very good for you and it has a cool name, and in the past few years it’s been stealthily integrating itself into the mainstream and popping up pretty much everywhere.
But it shouldn’t just be relegated to a SIDE dish, no sir. Let quinoa lead the way into a brave new world of texture and complete proteins, at any and all times of day. Here are some ideas to get you started on your path to enlightenment.
Quinoa, Fruit, and Nut Bars
Hot quinoa cereal
Quinoa fruit bread
Add quinoa to pretty much anything
Sweet potato salad with pomegranates
Pesto with fresh veggies
Turn it into black bean and quinoa sliders
Other fun stuff:
Quinoa and thyme hashbrowns
Quinoa crusted chicken
Buffalo cheddar quinoa bites
Quinoa and eggplant parmesan
Don’t stop at a boil and season with salt, get crazy! Have fun!
by Regan Briggs, Executive Chef at The Windsor Hotel